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The engine belt shredded. trying to put a new one on, not quite sure how. Do you have a diagram?

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Well, normally you find the tensioner which is a plastic pulley that puts tension the belt. Once found, find a wrench or a ratchet socket that will fit on the central nut of the pulley, and turn the nut in the direction that relives tension, ie up or down. The belt will become loose and you should be able to slide it off. Just go backwards through the steps to put the new belt on, pull the tensioner in the same direction as before, slide the belt on. I prefer using a Johnson bar, but it is up to you.

Note: memorize how the old belt snakes around the pulleys, the new on will have to go on the same way. ALSO, make sure that the belt is FULLY seated around all on of the pulleys, or else the belt will get shredded.

It an easy procedure if you don't have to mess around with the engine mount. If the mount is in the way, it can be quite challenging, especially if the person has little experience (No offence to anyone)

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